7 special gates at Dubai Airports to screen Coronavirus in passengers
The UAE authorities have adopted timely measures to contain Covid-19.
At the world’s busiest airport, several steps have been taken to contain the spread of the new coronavirus – and among the latest measures is the allocation of seven gates to screen high-risk passengers from a number of destinations, a top official said on Wednesday, March 4.
Damian Ellacott, vice-president of Airport Operations Control Centre at Dubai Airports, said there are six designated gates at Dubai International’s Terminal 3 and one is operational at Terminal 1.
“We have adopted effective measures to asses the medical conditions of passengers arriving from China, Italy, Lebanon and Syria, among others,” Ellacott told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new Airport Operations Control Centre.
He said all passengers are being checked through thermal screening cameras at the dedicated gates.
“Suspected passengers may have to undergo nasal swabbing for final confirmation. We are taking all possible steps to contain the virus,” he said, adding that the whole process takes only a few minutes.
The deadly virus, which was first identified in China, has now affected more than 92,000 people, including 3,131 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The UAE authorities have adopted timely measures to contain Covid-19 and said there is no high risk of coronavirus in the country.
“Clearly, we are supporting the management of Covid-19 in the UAE. We have a critical role to play given how large a hub DXB is globally. We are responsible for the directives being given to us by the federal government, the General Civil Aviation Authority, and the Dubai government,” Ellacott said.
“And what that means is that there are certain flights, certain destinations for which we have to screen the passengers. We have to thermally screen them, they have to pass past a thermal camera and some passengers from certain destinations have to undergo a nasal-swabbing process. Currently, we have seven of our normal gates that are assigned for these additional screening processes,” Ellacott elaborated.
How the screening is done
Every passenger at Dubai Airport goes through a full non-intrusive thermal screening
Those from countries with high infection counts are screened twice
Dubai Health Authority staff are at the airport 24/7
Tests are conducted right at site, whenever needed
Hospitals are completely prepared to handle cases